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What Is A Prickly Scorpion’s Tail: Growing Scorpiurus Muricatus Plants
By Amy Grant
Unique specimens that will have the neighbors talking include Scorpiurus muricatus plants, also known as prickly scorpion?s tail plant. What is prickly scorpion?s tail and is it edible? Learn more about the plant in this article.
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Prickly Pear Cactus Care
Water requirements of this plant are pretty minimal. These hardy cacti need to be watered once in 2-3 weeks, even in summer. If the plant is kept outside, then rainfall is enough for its hydration. Do not let water collect or pool in the soil. The plant will rot under such conditions. Too much water can cause the pads of the prickly pear to swell with moisture and break off. If their leaves turn crinkly or withered at the edges, it’s time to water them. Thin shriveled pads and droopy tips also means watering time. A hot humid day means water the cactus and in the winter, water them once a month.
Fertilizer can be applied depending on the season. A high nitrogen fertilizer should be used in case you want to consume or use the cacti stems. Such fertilization betters the quality of the stem for harvesting. If you prefer your cacti to flower and bear fruit, then apply no-nitrogen fertilizer once a month. These plants like to bloom between late spring and early summer.
For handling the prickly pear, one needs armor in the form of leather gloves or use 2 layers of cotton gloves. Wearing full-sleeved shirts is also a good idea, the less skin exposed, the less the prickly pear has to poke. Do not catch any part of the cactus with your gloved hands, use tongs or a piece of newspaper folded into half. Use a clean knife or saw to prune pads off. With fruit, the glochids growing on them will fall off once the fruit ripen. Twist the fruit for it to come off.
Propagation is very easy, just cut off a stem or a green pad, leave it to dry for a week and plant it in the ground. Even if you leave the pad on the ground, its roots will burrow in and start to grow. Water the pad sparingly for 2 weeks. You can even obtain seeds from the fruit of the cactus and sprinkle them into a soil bed or a pot.
The prickly pear has few threats to its well-being. One is the cochineal scale, which grows on the pads and looks like white, cotton balls. Blasting the cacti with water from a hose will shake them off. The mealy bug is another insect pest and diseases include leaf spot and soft rot. Over-hydration is a common issue, the roots of this cactus will rot and the cactus will collapse or contract inwards and die.
Prickly pear cactus is highly versatile in usage. A pad’s sap can be used to soothe wounds, similar to aloe vera sap. It is also used as a mosquito repellent. They can be eaten raw or cooked. The fruit of this cactus (pear or tuna) can be eaten and can be used in juices and culinary items. The usefulness and beauty of this plant along with its low-key maintenance has made the prickly pear cactus, a favorite cactus for horticulturists and gardeners alike, as long as those dreaded glochids are kept out of reach!
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Treatment options for pain between shoulder blades
Treatment for the pain between shoulder blades depends on the severity and the outlying condition. Some of the treatment options involve activities or exercises you can do at home to help manage the pain. After first confirming with a doctor to diagnose the source of your pain you can move on to try some of these remedies.
Stretching – A cat stretch to be more precise. It involves rounding your shoulders while pushing your spine back so you stretch the upper back area. The best time to do this is after a hot shower because the muscles will be most malleable.
Heat – Heat is great for relieving the tension in the afflicted area of the back. A heated towel or heat bag should be appropriate.
Posture – Better posture means less stress on the spine.
Sleep – Put an asterisk beside this one. We don’t only mean sleep, but sleep well on a good mattress. Sleeping on a poor mattress can actually contribute to back pain. If you find yourself not sleeping well on a regular basis and can’t point to any other external factor, try changing your mattress.
How to Prune a Pear Tree
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This article was co-authored by Lauren Kurtz. Lauren Kurtz is a Naturalist and Horticultural Specialist. Lauren has worked for Aurora, Colorado managing the Water-Wise Garden at Aurora Municipal Center for the Water Conservation Department. She earned a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from Western Michigan University in 2014.
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Pruning your pear tree every year helps to promote its growth and ability to bear fruit in addition to protecting it from infections. You will want to prune in the winter and get rid of your tree’s oldest branches. Thin your tree out into a pleasing, effective shape to keep your tree happy and healthy.